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The Overture (2004)

103 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Based on the life of Luang Pradit Pairoh (Sorn Silapabanleng) the most revered traditional Thai music master who lived during the reigns of Kings Rama V to VIII, the movie traces the life of Sorn, who picked up the ra-nad ek (Thai ...See moreBased on the life of Luang Pradit Pairoh (Sorn Silapabanleng) the most revered traditional Thai music master who lived during the reigns of Kings Rama V to VIII, the movie traces the life of Sorn, who picked up the ra-nad ek (Thai xylophone) mallets as a small child and played all his life. The backdrop to Sorn's life tale is the story of Thailand's classical music from its golden age during the reign of King Rama V to near extinction after the end of the absolute monarchy when the government banned it as uncivilised in the 1930s -- a time when Field Marshall Plaek Pibulsongkram tried to push the Kingdom into the modern era. The film shifts back and forth from the time when Sorn was a young man, playing in a xylophone duel with the intense Kun In, to the 1940s, when Thailand was under Japanese occupation and Sorn's playing would provide some inspiration to the oppressed citizenry of the time. Written by Wise Kwai See less
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May 21, 2005 (United States)

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Adul Dulyarat
Elderly Sorn Elderly Sorn   See fewer
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Pongpat Wachirabunjong
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Sompob Benjathikul
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Kiat Punpiputt
Master Sin Master Sin   See fewer
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Arratee Tanmahapran
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Somlek Sakdikul
Master Tian (as Somchai Sakdikul) Master Tian (as Somchai Sakdikul)   See fewer
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Supaluk Uttamawetin
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Krit Suwannapaph
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Sarawut Tanyaluk
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7.9 / 10 | 912 votes